Nile River VALLEY : Qena : Egypt
Situated on the east bank of the Nile, Qena was known in antiquity as Kaine (Greek Καινή, meaning "new (city)"
It is most famous for its proximity to the ruins of Dendara. It owes its modern prosperity to the opening of the Wadi Qena towards the Red Sea, which is a major traffic route between Upper Egypt and the Red Sea.
Tourists traveling between Luxor and the Red Sea will assuredly pass through this city since there is only one good road connection.
In addition to its Ancient Egyptian heritage as the city of Cainepolis. Qena has a considerable Islamic heritage and a famous mosque. The Maghrebi Abd el-Rahim settled in Qena upon his return from Mecca and founded a Sufi center here. Upon his death in 1195, the mosque was built above his tomb and became a place of pilgrimage. There is a huge modern mosque of Sheikh el-Qenawi in the main square which attests to his importance.
Sentinel-2b Earth Observation Satellite
The European Space Agency's (equiv. to NASA in the U.S.) Sentinel-2B Earth Observation Satellite is set to launch tonight (March 5th, 2017) from the Guiana Space Center. (It was a successful launch)
S2B is an Earth-observation satellite that will monitor land masses and coastal areas. It will have a particular focus on collecting vegetation and pollution data.
The satellite will pass over the same spot on Earth’s surface at the same local solar time, providing consistent lighting angles for observation.
The Sentinel series of satellites is part of Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring program. S2B will be the fourth in the family and will join its Sentinel-2A sibling (Providing this Basemap Image of Qena Egpyt on the Nile River), orbiting 180 degrees apart, to provide full Earth coverage every five days.
- Geo-Historical Text : Wikipedia
- Calculations : WolframAlpha Pro
- Satellite Imagery: ESRI ArcGIS
Overlay Source Image: NASA Johnson